ONE Championship: Edward Kelly looks to settle score in rematch with Christian Lee
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 07, 2019 06:51 PM
"There is an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay. I am the first to fight this 2019, so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside the cage"
Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly has his sights fixed on capturing the most convincing victory of his professional career as he faces Singapore's Christian "The Warrior" Lee for the second time.
Both men are slated to lock horns at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY, which takes place at the Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on 19 January.
Kelly and Lee initially crossed paths at ONE: BEYOND THE HORIZON in September 2018, where Kelly won by disqualification after the latter’s suplex was deemed illegal by the referee in the first round.
While a victory was added to Kelly's record, it was not exactly the kind of victory he trained and hoped for from a bout that promised fireworks.
“The Ferocious” knows that having his hand raised in the rematch will be no walk in the park, but he likes his chances against the exceptional 20-year-old from Singapore
"I learned that I should never give my back to him, and that he will come to attack every second," Kelly said.
"I think this fight could go to the judges if I am unable to catch him with a big shot. I feel he is well prepared for my style. We both do not want to lose to each other."
Kelly concedes that there is an added pressure to perform as his stable, Team Lakay, is coming off an unprecedented run in 2018.
"There is an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay. I am the first to fight this 2019, so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside the cage," he stated.
"The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay. I want to beat Christian Lee, and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE Featherweight World Title in the near future."
Known for his tremendous power in his strikes, Kelly stressed that if the opportunity to score a finish presents itself against Lee, he will not think twice to grab it.
"His relentlessness is his strength, but can also be his weakness. I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns,” he explained. “Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout."